Family Immigration

DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country.

DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country. The Department of State, which is the agency responsible for processing visa applications outside the U.S., posted this alert yesterday: "The U.S. government’s national security screening and vetting procedures for visitors are constantly r...
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The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries.

The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries. "Fake news" has been circulating that the travel ban and visa revocations have been or will be expanded to other countries.  In response to these rumors, the Department of State (DOS) recently told the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that  there are NO current plans to add other countries to travel ban o...
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Trump Travel Ban Update for Immigrants and Their Employers – January 31, 2017

The recent Executive Order (E.O.) banning visas and travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries has caused turmoil and distress for immigrants, their families, and their employers or businesses.   The E.O. also imposes other restrictions that could affect immigrants from other countries as well.  We are constantly monitoring the situation and expect changes to the implementation of the orde...
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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: February 2017

When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: February 2017 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjust...
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Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males

Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males Statement from the American Immigration Council on the End of NSEERS December 22, 2016 Washington D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track noncitizen men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry, known as the Nation...
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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: January 2017

When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: January 2017 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustm...
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EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended

EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended Congress has temporarily extended the EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker programs until April 28, 2017.  As explained in an American Immigration Council article, these three programs are: The EB-5 program: The immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, was created in 1990 to...
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Ann Badmus Discusses Sanctuary Cities on Talk Radio

Here's my recent radio interview with Chris Saucedo WBAP News Talk Radio in Dallas.  Interesting and lively discussion about immigration law and so-called "sanctuary cities." I'd love to hear what you think about sanctuary cities and current direction of immigration. Feel free to post your comments below.  
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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: December 2016

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an ...
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How to get your immigration records from the government

How to get your immigration records from the government You may want or need a copy of your immigration records from the government for many reasons.  Whatever the purpose, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access that information, regardless of your immigration status.  However, FOIA does allow the government to withhold some records from disclosure so you might not re...
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